Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Two wrongs

Do you remember your parents admonishing you for retaliation on a sibling or a classmate who had wronged you in some way? “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” they would say as you wondered why it is always the second person into the fray that takes the blame.

Isn’t it amusing the way people in general but politicians in particular use the poor behavior of others to excuse their own? For example, the abhorrent, amoral sexual behavior of Bill Clinton is used as a reason that is all right for more than one contemporary politician to engage in similar behavior. Does the “two wrongs don’t make a right” saying apply here?

I wish that those in leadership positions today, in any party, in any town, in any state, or in any country, would not justify lies, amoral behavior, policy failures, and even devastating mass violence against fellow human beings by simply pointing to similar past actions and saying, “they did it, so why is it wrong for me?”

As so many adults preached to me when I was young, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Have a good day!


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